Tuesday 16 January 2018

Body-in-woods man might have driven to meet his murderers

Murder victim Philip Finnegan
Murder victim Philip Finnegan

Gardai believe that a murdered Dublin man may have travelled to meet his killers on the day of his disappearance.

The body of Philip Finnegan (24) was discovered in the Rahin Woods area of Co Kildare last Friday evening by a walker.

He had been missing from his home in Mary Aikenhead House in the south inner city since August 10.

Gardai are investigating whether members of the Rattigan gang are responsible for his murder, and if he had arranged to meet his killers.

Speaking at the scene where his remains were recovered, Chief Supt Barry McPolin appealed for any members of the public with information in relation to the murder to come forward.

"We are appealing to any person who would have known Philip or would have information about his death or his associates to come forward and contact gardai," he said.

"We want to say that Philip Finnegan was a son, a father to small children and he is sadly missed by his family.

"His life was snuffed out and left here in Rahin Woods and we're determined to get to the bottom of it.

"He was known to gardai, but obviously that does not excuse the manner in which he died or indeed why he died."

It is understood that Finnegan left his home in the Kevin Street area on the morning of August 10 and travelled to the Rahin Woods by car.


Gardai said they are not releasing the results of a post-mortem examination that was carried out this week.

Detectives are trying to establish if Finnegan's killers were disturbed while trying to bury his body, which had been burned.

The murdered man was aware that his life was under threat.

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